Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Digital drawing: a portrait of my muse

Digital art is not here to replace traditional art, but to give artists new ways for creative expression. 

Taken away by these reflections, I felt like picking up a digital pen and celebrating the extraordinary opportunity my consciousness was given to: to be alive here and now. 

The beautiful inspiration led me to creating a portrait of my wife muse and helped me to enjoy every moment I spent on it.

digital drawing girl portrait illustration

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Le petit renard: children's book in French launched

In early March, when Julia and I were publishing Der kleine Fuchs, our children's book in German, we would have never guessed that only a month later the book would be also available in French.

Yet, today we are truly excited to share the news with the parents of the world -- Le petit renard is officially launched, and is available in both print and digital.


Livres pour enfants tous


Special thanks for making it possible go to wonderful Anne Bühler, a professional translator, who kindly offered a helpful hand and translated the book into French.

The print version of the book is 8 x 10 inches, and has 34 pages. Here is a little sneak peek of what's inside:


Le petit renard - Livres pour enfants

Le petit renard - Livres pour enfants

Le petit renard - livres pour les bébés et enfants


Additionally, the printed book includes coloring pages, as well as images you can cut out and make storytelling more entertaining and interactive. For obvious reasons, these extras are not included in the ebook. However, you still can get them by singing up to the newsletter:


Le petit renards - S'abonner à la newsletter


Le petit renard is a touching story about kindness and friendship, which teaches little readers and listeners how wonderful it is to have friends and how important it is to help them in difficult life situations.

So if you are looking for a book, which will contribute to the development of social competence in your child, and at the same time help him or her to learn French, we encourage you to reach out for your own copy of Le petit renard.

Our children's book is also available in German, Russian and - soon - English.

Feel free to drop us a line, share your thoughts and ask any questions.


children's book ad poster

Friday, April 8, 2016

Kindle Select: is it worth it?


free ebook ad banner for children's book on Kindle

If you've ever published a title on Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, you know what KDP Select is. For those of you who hasn't - it is a deal the platform offers to publishers, which basically states that if a publisher agrees to sell a book exclusively on KDP for a renewable period of 90 days, he or she will get 70% royalties (instead of the basic 35% rate). 

The lowest price the book can be listed at on Select is $2.99. Additionally, the publisher is charged for 'delivering' the ebook to the reader. This cost is calculated by the size of the file. It doesn't seem to be a problem, when publishing a text-based novel. Children's books, however, are mostly images, so very often publishers do their best to cut costs by lowering quality of images. Sometimes they find the sweet spot, and sometimes you might find a book that will look sweet only on an iWatch. 

Having a book enrolled in KDP Select, you have two options for a promotion (once per an enrollment period of 90 days): Kindle Countdown Deal, which is a price discount, and Free Book Promotion, which is a free ebook giveaway for up to 5 days. 

I've read a couple of opinions on FBP as a marketing tool. Some authors claim they had a huge success with it. Others say it didn't change a thing. At all. 

While I do believe that having a book for free on Amazon can boost sales for some authors, personally, I am far from falling for the hype that FBP or any other miraculous marketing tool, trick or tip will make your book an over-night bestseller. And I think neither should you (ever wondered why the most successful books are books on how to be successful? exactly!). 

That's my 2 cents - a little rant after seeing all those annoyingly enthusiastic salesmen promising to tell you the Illuminati's best-kept secret. Only for $99.99. 

So, should you enroll your book into Kindle Select

My answer is -- of course! If you are an aspiring author and this is your first, second gig, you literally have nothing to lose, yet something positive to gain, whether it's experience in managing your first promo, getting feedback from people other than your moms and pops, or - who knows - maybe lots of sales afterwards? You need to try it out to be sure if it's right for you. 

At this moment, Julie and I have two children's books enrolled in the program, ''Der Kleine Fuchs'' and ''Лиска Ириска'' (which are actually the same book in German and Russian).


Der Kleine Fuchs bilderbuch kindle Лиска Ириска электронная книга для детей
  

With all the time and effort put into creating ''Der Kleine Fuchs'', it was really important to us to share the book with others and have them experience it. FBP seemed to be a good opportunity to do so. 

The book will be available for a free download until April 11. Feel free to get your copy by clicking here


As for our plans for these two titles, we've decided not to renew their enrollment in KDP Select once the current terms end in early June. 

After a little research, it appears that there's not that much of active engagement in the German children's ebooks section of Kindle. Obviously, it is not non-existent, but neither it is anything even close to titles in English. And the Russian book? Well, it turns out KDP doesn't support Russian. It used to. Not anymore. Although you can easily find titles marked as 'Russian edition', and the Russian literature section is quite rich, you can not properly add a new book into the catalog, which - yes - still allows the book to be found, but makes it much harder to be discovered. Not to mention there's still no Amazon Russia, Amazon Belarus or Amazon Ukraine.

Therefore, when the current Select's enrollment period expires, we are going to expend our list of distributors to other major stores, such as Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Germany's Tolino, just like we did with our new children's book, "I Learn Fruits". 

If you are willing to learn more about this indie publishing journey, stay tuned for new updates. 

 -- A QUICK UPDATE --

''Der Kleine Fuchs'' got to nr 1 in Kindle's Top 100 Free among German Children's eBooks. Gotta enjoy small victories. 




Monday, April 4, 2016

Ich lerne Obst - bilingual children's book in German and English

About a week ago, Julie and I launched our new children's book titled ''I Learn Fruits''

Crafted with love and attention to detail, this colorful picture book with hand-drawn illustrations is meant to help you to introduce your child to an amazing world of delicious fruits from around the world, and a healthy diet and lifestyle in general.

Naturally, we would like our books to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, and not limit our reach to English-speaking parents only. And being multilingual ourselves, we wanted to make ''I Learn Fruits'' available in other languages, just like we did with our previous title, ''Der Kleine Fuchs'', a cute story about sharing and making friends. 

However, instead of simply translating it, we decided to turn ''I Learn Fruits'' into a bilingual book in German and English.This is how - as we believe - a lot more people will benefit from it: not only German-speaking parents, who would like their child to learn English, but also English-speakers, who want to raise a bilingual child. 

And so, ''Ich lerne Obst'' was born and is now available via all main e-book distributors.



Ich Lerne Obst cover art bilingual children's book fruits


The content of the book hasn't changed from the original English version. ''Ich lerne Obst'' has colorful illustrated pages with 33 kinds of fruit and a quiz to see if your child can remember all the fruit names from the book.


drawing for bilingual children's book

pineapple drawing picture book about fruits

strawberry illustration bilderbuch kinder
drawing of a mandarin, papaya, persimmon, gooseberry and lychee
We hope both you and your child are going to enjoy our book. Feel free to drop us a line to say 'Hi' and to share you thoughts.

children's book cover artbilderbuch available on amazon poster

Monday, March 21, 2016

Fortune cookies gone bad: Recap

This .gif animation is a quick recap of all fortune cookie illustrations from my 'The Mean Cookie' project. 



broken fortune cookie drawing

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Mean Cookie: A Story of a Fed-Up Fortune Cookie Factory Employee (Part II)


framed drawing of a fortune cookie and a slice of pizza on a plate


If you've missed the beginning of the story,


As I said, my mind was overwhelmed with ideas, and drawing only one piece simply wasn't enough for me to get them off and to move on. I gave in. 

As a result, a series of thirteen drawings was created (dealing with bad luck, this number was a no-brainer).    
fortune cookie drawing artwork
bad luck cookie illustration
opened fortune cookie drawing
ink drawing of a fortune cookie
pointillism art black and white
After I finished the last piece and held the stack of thirteen drawings in my hands, I now finally felt like putting my pen away. 

The only thing left to do was to go to a local art store, buy frames and do some photography.


drawing of a cookie and drawing mannequin


blue frames and black and white illustrations


blue frame, golden dinosaur, golden pine decor


If you liked the story and the Mean Cookie drawings, feel free to drop me a line 
or tweet me @limboremedy